Only days after Microsoft started negotiations with the US Department of Justice (DoJ) to settle its ongoing antitrust suit, it is now sitting down with Sun representatives to try and resolve their two year old Java licensing dispute.
But the discussions still do not necessarily imply that either side is prepared to compromise - the settlement conference is taking place on the orders of Judge Ronald Whyte dating back to last December.
Microsoft and Sun representatives agreed to meet in San Jose, California on Thursday afternoon, but also agreed not to comment to the media about the negotiations.
Sun filed suit in October 1997, accusing Microsoft of violating its Java licence agreement. In November 1998, Sun won a preliminary injunction forcing the software giant to make its Java products comply with its specifications, but Microsoft appealed the decision.
It has, however, released a version of its Java Virtual Machine that supports Sun?s Java Native Interface (JNI) and a modified version of its Visual J++ programming environment.
When issuing the preliminary injunction in November, Judge Whyte said Sun was likely to prevail on the merits of the case. But Microsoft did score one minor win in February, when Whyte clarified his injunction, saying it did not apply to any Microsoft software that did not include Sun?s Java code.
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